Social Media Day 2015 expo, gabfest to focus on #ChangePH

There’s no stopping dozens of communities, organizations and brands taking part in #ChangePH Social Media Day 2015 on Saturday June 27 at the Museo Pambata open grounds along Roxas Blvd., in Manila.

“This is the biggest, voluntary, not-for-profit, and collaborative social media gathering in the country for four years now,” said Rosario Juan, co-founder of TweetUpMNL, the lead organizer of the event since it was first held 2012.

A global event led by U.S.-based technology website Mashable, the Philippine edition has been organized by TweetUpMNL since 2012.

“This event, the milestones we will celebrate and the trends we see in the horizon should prove that social media and the internet are more positive than negative, depending on who uses those technologies and how,” said Juan. “If we use them for changes and innovation that address our needs, #ChangePH not only becomes possible. It happens.”

Organizers said that gate to Museo Pambata open grounds will be opened at 10:00 am for the day-long expo of participating communities, organizations and brands, while the conference featuring lightning talks about #ChangePH starts at 1:00 pm.

Digital leader Leah Besa Jimenez, new chief executive officer of Starcom Mediavest Group, will be the keynote speaker at the conference.

Other speakers include architect Paolo Alcazaren; spoken word performer Juan Miguel Severo; writer Antoinette Jadaone; LGBT advocates Thysz Estrada and Stefan Punongbayan; social media thought-leader Jayvee Fernandez; bitcoin champion Christine Aguilar; youth leader Miggy Azurin; advocate Evan Tan and women lawyers behind The Soshal Network.

Joining them are performers from Soundcloud Philippines; Words Anonymous; and Zeus Collins.

Blogger and newspaper columnist Tonyo Cruz, also a TweetUpMNL cofounder, said that “we do things better, work better, achieve more and help solve more problems if we collaborate and cooperate. We will see this in the expo and the conference that revolve around the theme and hashtag #ChangePH. It is also the Filipino people’s battlecry going into 2016 elections, the biggest changemaking story in the next few months.”

TweetUpMNL also said that the event seeks to provide a spotlight at Museo Pambata, the country’s first interactive children’s museum.

Tickets to Social Media Day 2015 events at the Museo Pambata’s open grounds are free and are available at Museo Pambata meanwhile will provide discounts to those who would visit the private, not-for-profit museum at P100 per person, or P50 less than its original price.

Social Media Day 2015 is made possible by the participation of the following communities: IGersManila; Tumblr PH; Google Business Groups; Google Education Groups; Google Student Ambassadors; Google Developer Groups; Mozilla Philippines; Windows Phone PH; Muni PH; Soundcloud Philippines; Hootsuite Ambassadors PH; iVolunteer PH; Words Anonymous; Bata Balik Eskwela; Rise for Education; Kabataan Partylist; Startup Travels; Katipunan Improv; Live Learn Share; Hero of the Day; Red Whistle;; and Philippine Red Cross.

Corporate sponsors are: Smart; SM Supermalls; Globe; Picture City; Oishi; Team Manila; Asia Brewery; Uber; Binalot; Teavolution; A Space; Honeycomb; Power Mac; Hallmark; Puzzlebox; Horsepower; Creso; Print Social; U.S. Embassy in Manila; Nestle; Jidja; Megahertz; Zomato; Freelance PH; Global Learning Support; Commune; Love Hope Faith; Ticketbase and Galileo.

Media partners are the Philippine Daily Inquirer, Manila Bulletin; TV5; CNN Philippines; Adobo Magazine; BlogWatch; WhenInManila; PinoyExchange; Tomasian Cable Television; and Fritz Tentativa Photography.

TweetUpMNL also organized the first three Social Media Day events: #SocialMediaCapital in 2012 held at Ayala Triangle, #fwdPH in 2013 held at the New Glorietta and #BoomPH held at SM Aura Premiere.

TweetUpMNL came to national prominence as during the Habagat floods and typhoons of 2012-2013, when its prime movers pushed the adoption of what are now unified national hashtags #RescuePH and #ReliefPH, and helped propel crowdsourced and collaborative citizen initiatives to help in disaster risk reduction and mitigation. ###

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